For Autumn/Winter 2023, in an ongoing effort to minimise impact, mfpen looks to new innovations in fabric production. A range of coats are produced in post-consumer recycled MWool® from Italian mill Manteco, who specialize in repurposing the highest quality end-of-life wool garments.
Right image: Post-consumer sweaters and knitwear separated in color ready for to be shredded into new yarns.
Intensive land use associated with sheep farming is contributing to deforestation and biodiversity loss. Through recycling, the demand for new fibres and therefore over-farming, can be reduced. As a naturally robust and durable fibre, wool can be repurposed even after extensive use, eliminating the need for new production. Selecting the finest end-of-life wool ensures a long second-life, and the possibility of repeating the recycling process.
Dyes and chemicals aren’t necessary for production, new colours are made by combining existing fibre colours limiting water waste and pollution. Textile dyeing is the second largest water polluter in the world, using the original colour of the recycled wool leads to a great reduction in CO2 emissions and water pollution in the recycling process.
Compared to generic virgin wool fibres, this circular fibre impacts 99.2% less on climate change, 99.9% less on water use and 93.3% less on total energy consumption, whilst maintaining the soft handfeel and durability of virgin wool.
MWool® is the next generation of recycled wool from Italy’s esteemed mill Manteco. The “zero-mile zero-waste” process is distinguished by careful raw material selection, strict quality control and a durability treatment to ensure performance and further recyclability. Manteco’s artisanal Recype® process, through which their specialists create new colours by sorting and mixing existing shades of recycled fibres, is responsible for the near-zero energy consumption in recycling post-consumer wool.